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Malcolm Riley
Gramophone, June 2014

This generously filled disc is cleanly recorded and makes a satisfying programme. This is Reger in a generally ruminative mood, eschewing the more verbose, gargantuan and monumental elements of his style, reducing his tendency for rhetorical flamboyance into concentrated—though still contrapuntally rich—miniatures, none lasting longer than five and a half minutes.

…[Josef] Still takes great care to balance the contrapuntal textures, ensuring that the chorale melodies stand proud. © 2014 Gramophone Read complete review on Gramophone




Jed Distler
ClassicsToday.com, April 2014

…Still imparts just the right unsettled air to the hushed exposition, and pulls out all the stops (pun definitely intended!) in the climactic final pages without dragging the pulse that he’s kept rock steady from the start. The production values of Wolfgang Rübsam (no mean organist himself) do ample justice to the Johannes Klais Organ in Trier Cathedral and, of course, to Still’s admirable musicianship. © 2014 ClassicsToday.com Read complete review



David Denton
David's Review Corner, April 2014

Max Reger died at the age of forty-three, his career as a composer lasting little more than twenty years, during which time he wrote a varied catalogue of music. He did at times select the most strange titles, though few would equal his Five Easily Performable Preludes and Fugues, for, as the soloist, Josef Still, will no doubt agree, they are complex in their articulation, and rhythmically an absolute minefield. For the listener they are attractive in their quirkiness, at times sounding like Bach having a mental breakdown. Originally published in two volumes…that is how they are performed on this disc, the two separated by the first fifteen of the 52 Easy Choral Preludes on the most common Protestant Chorales. Mostly lasting each side of two minutes, they would be ideal as ‘filling in’ pieces for church services and contain some familiar melodies, Ein’ feste Burg ist unser Gott, being the most famous. Some would sure tax your local church organist, the fifteenth being a very weighty score, but they must be a joy to perform. Still uses the magnificent 1974 Johannes Klais four manual instrument in Trier Cathedral in Germany…He is a very persuasive Reger advocate, and the engineer provided excellent sound quality. © 2014 David’s Review Center






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